IT’S NOT ALL DOOM N GLOOM: Tony Romo | Laurent Robinson | John Phillips | Diamond Dez | Felix Jones | Sean Lee

Tony Romo leaves the field after the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys

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Tony Romo leaves the field after the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys

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This loss should not be placed at the feet of Tony Romo.

The Cowboys quarterback completed 68 percent of his passes for 321 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. His quarterback rating of 141.3 was much better than Eli Manning’s.

But on third-and-five with 2:25 left and the Cowboys clinging to a five-point lead, Romo overthrew a wide open Miles Austin on a go route that would likely have resulted in a touchdown.

Romo said it wasn’t a timing problem.

“Miles said the ball got lost in the light,” Romo said. “Obviously, you don’t want those types of things to happen.

“Miles played a great game tonight. He did a good job for us.”

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) runs after catch

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) runs after catch

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Dallas Cowboys receiver Laurent Robinson (81) runs after catch chased by New York Giants defensive back Prince Amukamara.

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According to Laurent Robinson, the Cowboys just need to put Sunday night’s 37-34 collapse in the rear-view mirror.

But let’s be serious, that’s a lot easier said than done. This wasn’t some game where the Cowboys were outplayed and simply need to bounce back. No, this was the type of blown opportunity that could haunt this team for a long time.

“We just got to do our best to put this one behind us,” Robinson said. “[Monday’s] our day off, get in here and get some treatment and put this one behind us. You can’t do anything about it. This one’s already over. We got to move on to Tampa and study them, get ready and execute the game plan.”

If the rest of the Cowboys are on the same page, then the NFC East crown and a playoff berth are still alive. If this loss lingers, the season’s over.

“Just shake it off,” the wide receiver added. “You can’t really do anything about it, it’s already over. Get over it quick and get ready for next week. You got to have a short term memory here.”

Come on, Laurent, it can’t be that easy to get over blowing a 12-point lead in the final six minutes of a December game with the division crown on the line.

“It’s tough,” he said. “It’s a hard pill to swallow. You got to do everything you can do to bounce back and get a W next week in Tampa.”


Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips (89) crosses the line for his first touchdown.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips (89) crosses the line for his first touchdown.

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Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips (89) scores a touchdown

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Dallas Cowboys tight end John Phillips (89) scores a touchdown

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Before Sunday, John Phillips played in 28 regular-season NFL games and caught 21 passes. Yet he had never enjoyed the thrill of crossing the goal line with the ball in his hands during the regular season.

During the first quarter of the Giants’ 37-34 victory over the Cowboys, Phillips finally got the chance to savor the first regular-season touchdown of his professional career. On a play in which quarterback Tony Romo rolled right and then threw the ball back across the field, Phillips caught a 12-yard screen pass and followed a convoy of blockers before barging into the end zone to give the Cowboys a 7-5 lead.

With Martellus Bennett sidelined with a rib injury, Phillips served as the team’s second tight end.


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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores in the 4th quarter

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores in the 4th quarter


Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28)

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Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28)


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Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) picks off an Eli Manning pass

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The Boys Are Back commentary:

Tough loss. But, the fact remains … offensively, the Dallas Cowboys have a lot to build on from this game. Defensively, they have a lot to learn from. The next three games will tell the full story of the 2011 season. With only a few pages left to write … the suspense continues … in typical Dallas fashion.

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